Festive Season……….

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On the cold spread of the winter season

Everywhere you go

Snows are deep and sparkling

Do remember to leave

A warm trace of kindness and hugs

And a happy grin on every lip

Let your hearts be carried away

Christmas is around the corner

Celebrations are in full swing

Trees are a glowing and blushing

Firesides crackling with warmth

Crystal glasses of Wines in beautiful hands

Folks dressed in their best fashions

Singing carols, dancing to the jingles

Festive season of love and light

Is here to stay for many a night

From within the silvery blue clouds

Santa waving his gorgeous wand

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Riding high with his reindeer friends

Bells of joy rejoicing in the air

Come my dearies and lovelies

I have gifts and goodies, For one and all………

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Age with Grace…………

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A group of old friends, all aged about 40, discussed where they should meet for lunch for their reunion.

Finally, it was agreed that they would meet at the ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ because the waitresses there were very pretty and gorgeous looking and they would love to watch them serve and flirt with them.

Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they would meet for lunch. They again agreed that they would meet at the ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ because the food was good and the wine selection was excellent. They would love to savor the food and drinks.

 At age 60, the friends again discussed where they would like to meet for dinner.   Again they agreed to meet at the ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ because they could dine in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the Ocean at night with the moon casting a silvery shadow on the waters.

At age 70, the friends discussed where they would like to meet for breakfast and they all agreed to meet at the ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had an elevator.  Since they could not walk properly this was an ideal Restaurant for them.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for a get together. Finally, it was agreed that they would meet at the ‘Ocean View Restaurant’ because they had never been there before!  It was total Memory Loss for all of them. Age had made them forget everything.

This is life in all her essence. The friends never changed, they were the same but the years that picked up along the way, transformed their thoughts and in the end they all Aged with Grace. Each chapter in our lives are simple and beautiful, for every moment is ever new and fresh. These moments never comeback.

Life is short it never waits for anyone. One never knows when one has to move on. Life flows the way the river currents travels in a smooth line in pure peace and calmness. Rejoice and Enjoy the Beingness that you are.

Choose Your Echo……….

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A man was taking his son out for a walk in a nearby forest. Suddenly the boy tripped and feeling a sharp pain, he screamed, ‘AHHH!’ Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountain, ‘AHHH!’ He was taken aback as it was his first experience of an ECHO.  Filled with curiosity, he screams: ‘Who are you?’, but the only answer he received was, ‘Who are you?’ This made him angry, so he shouted, ‘You are a coward!’ and the voice answered, ‘You are a coward!’

He looked very confused at his father and asked ‘Dad, what’s going on. Who is he who is talking back to me?’ ‘Son,’ the man replies, ‘pay attention. Say something nice to him.’ Then the son screams, ‘I love you!’ the voice answers, ‘I love you!’  Realizing his son’s confusion the man takes over the conversation with nature and shouts, ‘You are wonderful!’ and the voice answered, ‘You are wonderful!’ The boy is thrilled but still cannot understand what is going on.

The father further explains, ‘Son, people call this an ECHO, but truly it is LIFE. Life always gives you back what you give out. Life is a MIRROR of your actions. If you want more love and kindness from everyone, give more love and kindness. If you want people to be patient and respectful, then be patient and respectful first. This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives. An Echo is nature’s way of teaching us to do unto others what we wish them to do to us and wish for others what we wish for ourselves.

Life always gives you back what you give out. Give your hands to Serve others and your Hearts to Love. Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doing. Choose your ECHO wisely. 

Live Simply, Love Unconditionally, Enjoy Life.

On the Waves of a Piano…….

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Playing a symphony

On the waves of a Piano

Slender Fingers moving musically

Keys that danced to his touch

Creating notes of magical felicity

On rosettes and germaniums

Who sang his first song

Ecstatically flirting with joy

Rapturous love on his face

Sang to her sweet Loveliness

Every moment an upsurge

Whispering soft tunes of a song-bird

Floating tenderly in her ears

The beauty, the serenity

The delight, the muse

He was her handsome lover

Who had eyes only for her

From the crowds that adored Him  

And she who basked in his love

Sat in wonder, like a quivering feather

Deaf to the thundering applause

On the Waves of a Piano………..

Happy Souls Are We…………

Following lines on A ‘Happy Soul‘ were written at a Buddhist Monastery in Lamayuru, a small hamlet on the way to Leh. Take a look:

Who’s a Happy Soul?

  1. A Happy Soul stops trying to change others, but instead focuses on changing self.
  2. A Happy Soul is one who accepts people for who they are and not at their face-value.
  3. A Happy Soul is one who understands that everyone is right in one’s own perspective.
  4. A Happy Soul is one who learns to ‘let go’. He does not carry any burdens.
  5. A Happy Soul is one who is able to drop expectations from every relationship and gives unconditionally for the sake of giving.
  6. A Happy Soul is one who understands that whatever we do, we do it for our own peace of mind.
  7. A Happy Soul is one who stops proving to the world how intelligent one is.  He is always happy the way he is.
  8. A Happy Soul is one who does not seek approval from others.
  9. A Happy Soul is one who stops comparing with others.
  10. A Happy Soul is one who is at peace with oneself.
  11. A Happy Soul is one who is able to differentiate between ‘need’ and ‘want’ and is able to let go of one’s wants.
  12. A Happy Soul is one who stops attaching ‘happiness’ to material things.

Shine so beautifully and whatever you decide you do in life, make sure it makes you happy. If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down. Here’s wishing all, a life of a Happy Soul. 

A Layman’s Advice too counts…………

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An Engineer in a car manufacturing company designs a world class car. The owner is very impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot.  While trying to bring out the car from the manufacturing area to the showroom, they realized that the car is 2 inches taller than the entrance.  The Engineer felt very bad that he did not notice this fault before creating the car.

The owner was completely baffled as to how will he be able to take it outside of the manufacturing area. The painter said that they can bring out the car but there will be a few scratches on top of the car which could be touched upon later.  The Engineer said that they can break the entrance, take the car out and later re-do it. The owner was not convinced with any of these unwise ideas and felt like it is a bad sign to break or scratch any part of his new car.

An ordinary watchman of the building was observing all the drama from the side and slowly approached the owner.  He wanted to give an idea if they had no problem. They wondered what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give. The Engineer said to the two people, ‘Why not let us see what input he too can give us’. The watchman said: ‘The car is only a few inches taller than the entrance so, simply release the air in the Tyre, the height of the car will sink and you can easily take it out.’  Everyone clapped and said, ‘What a smart and intelligent guy is he. How could we not think like him?’

In life do not analyse the problems only from an expert point of view alone.  There is always a layman’s outlook that gives an alternate solution at a given point of time. Why undervalue anyone whether big or small. Everyone is worth their while. Life issues are also the same. Many a times a friend’s entrance door falls short by a few inches, we feel taller.  Release some Air(Ego), and adjust the height (Attitude).

Think simple, do simple and live simple because first and foremost we are happy souls. Share, care and respect one and all.

Real Brain Teasers……..

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TRICKY QUESTIONS AND EQUALLY WITTY ANSWERS GIVEN BY IAS OFFICERS WHO WERE GIVING TESTS AS CANDIDATES:

-How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

CONCRETE FLOORS ARE VERY HARD TO CRACK.

-If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?

NO TIME AT ALL IT IS ALREADY BUILT.

-If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?

VERY LARGE HANDS.

-How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

IT IS NOT A PROBLEM, SINCE YOU WILL NEVER FIND AN ELEPHANT WITH ONE HAND.

-How can a man go eight days without sleep?

HE SLEEPS AT NIGHT

-If you throw a blue stone into the red sea what will it become?

IT WILL BECOME WET.

What often falls but never gets hurt?

RAIN.

-What is that no man ever saw which never was but always will be?

TOMORROW.

-What looks like half apple?

THE OTHER HALF.

-What can you never eat at breakfast?

DINNER.

-What gets wet while drying?

A TOWEL.

-What happened when wheel was invented?

IT CAUSED A GREAT REVOLUTION.

-How is it easy to weigh a fish?

BECAUSE IT HAS ITS OWN SCALES. 

Enjoy these fun loving brain teasers and have a happy and cheerful life.